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Two lifeboat crews had to coax a horse back to dry land after it bolted into the water off Hayling Island, Hampshire, last week (3 July).

It is thought that the horse was spooked by a dog causing the rider to fall off. The horse then bolted into the Langstone Harbour channel.

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Two lifeboat crews, who had watched the incident develop, were tasked with trying to return the horse back to the safety of the beach.

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“We had to do a bit of shepherding,” said Aaron Gent from RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) Portsmouth lifeboat station

‘”We were trying to persuade the horse swimming out further was a bad idea.”

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The horse was eventually herded back but then galloped across the shore, where one of the lifeboats had to prevent it from heading towards nearby families.

RNLI_HorseandFerryboatThe horse was finally caught 10 minutes later by a member of public near the Ferry Boat Inn car park and returned to his owner.